How to Host a Messy Toddler Playdate with Confidence

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I’m not a huge fan of messy art projects. But I also understand that they’re valuable and useful for Squeaker. She seems to like sensory activities and any opportunity that she can get to make a mess.

So when I invited some of her friends from church over for a pumpkin themed playdate, I knew that I had to have a few messy art activities set up.


One of the main things that I wanted to have on hand were plenty of WaterWipes. I use baby wipes for almost everything around the house and these WaterWipes are now a part of my quick cleaning arsenal. Even if it was only going to be just a few of them attending, I’ve learned from experience to never underestimate the ability of one toddler (let alone four or five to make a mess within a matter of minutes.

For our pumpkin themed party, we purchased pumpkins (to paint on and to paint with), fingerpaint, canned pumpkin, and paper plates.


The texture on these goosebump pumpkins made them ideal to roll in fingerpaint.


We also made an edible pumpkin pie playdough


And I made sure to keep plenty of wipes close by


My church friends were pretty impressed with the quality of the WaterWipes and the fact that they only contain two ingredients!

One in particular that I’m closest too; her son (Squeaker’s friend) is mostly potty trained now though. But that didn’t stop me from sending her home with a few packages of WaterWipes to keep in her diaper bag or just for everyday use around the house. And since we had plenty to share, every guest went home with a package of WaterWipes.


While they were playing with the playdough, we also watched the Pure Love video after we got to talking about milestones. It was fun to reminisce a little with the other moms about what we miss about the first year.

I’ll be perfectly honest, this is something that I probably won’t volunteer to host again- or at least not in the near future. Not that the kids didn’t have fun. But because it was such a mess! Having WaterWipes on hand though definitely helped out and the kids were able to go home (mostly) mess free.

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Kori is an autistic mom who also happens to have ADHD and Anxiety. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodivergent family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. As an empath, HSP, and highly intuitive individual, Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori provides life coaching services for neurodivergent women (and those who identify as women) as well as Oracle card reading, Tarot card readings, and energy healing.

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